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Claud. Never tell him, iny lord; let her wear it

out with good counsel.
Leon. Nay, that's impossible; she may wear her

SCENEI. Leonato's Garden. Enter HERO, heart out first.

D. Pedro. Well, we'll hear further of it by your

Hero. Good Margaret, run thee into the parlour ;
daughter; let it cool the while. I love Benedick There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice
well; and I could wish he would modestly examine Proposing with the Prince and Claudio :
himself, to see how much he is unworthy to have so Whisper her ear, and tell her, I and Ursula
good a lady.

Walk in the orchard, and our whole discourse Leon. My lord, will you walk ? dinner is ready. Is all of her ; say, that thou overheard'st us ;

Claud. If he do not dote on her upon this, I will And bid her steal into the pleached bower, never trust my expectation.

hide her,

(Aside. Where honey-suckles, ripen'd by the sun, D. Pedro. Let there be the same net spread for Forbid the sun to enter ;-like favourites, her; and that must your daughter and her gentie- Made proud by princes, that advance their pride woman carry. The sport will be, when they hold Against that power that bred it :~there will she one an opinion of another's dotage, and no such matter ; that's the scene that I would see, which To listen our propose: This is thy office, will be merely a dumb show. Let us send' her to Bear thee well in it, and leave us alone. call him in to dinner,


Marg. I'll make her come, I warrant you, preExeunt Don PEDRO, CLAUDIO, and LEONATO.



Hero. Now, Ursula, when Beatrice doth come, BENEDICK advances from the arbour.

As we do trace this alley up and down, Bene. This can be no trick: The conference was Our talk must only be of Benedick : sadly borne. '-T'hey have the truth of this from When I do name him, let it be thy part Hero. They seem to pity the lady; it seems, her to praise him more than ever man did merit: affections have their full bent.? Love me! why, My talk to thee must be, how Benedick it must be requited. I hear how I am censured? Is sick in love with Beatrice: Of this matter they say, I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive Is little Cupid's crafty arrow made, the love come from her; they say too, that she will That only wounds by hearsay. Now begin; rather die than give any sign of affection. I did

Enter BEATRICE, behind. never think to marry :--) must not seem proud : For book where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs Happy are they that hear their detractions, and can Close by the ground, to hear ou: conference. put them to mending. They say the lady is fair; 'tis a truth, I can bear them witness : and virtuous ; Cut with their golden oars the silver stream,

Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish -'tis so, I'cannot reprove it ; and wise, but for loving me :-By my troth, it is no addition to her and greedily devour the treacherous bait: wit;-nor no great argument of her folly, for I will So angle we for Beatrice ; who even now be horribly in love with her. I may chance have Fear you not my part of the dialogue.

Is couched in the woodbine coverture : some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long against marriage :

Hero. Then go we near her, that her ear lose But doth not the appetite alier? A man loves the of the false sweet bait, that we lay for it.

nothing meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age :

[They advance to the bower. Shall quips, and sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain, awe a man from the career of his hu- i No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful;

I know her spirits are as coy and wild
mour ? No : The world must be peopled. When I
said, I would die a bachelor, I did not think I

As haggards of the rock.”

But are you sure, should live till I were married.-Here comes Bea- That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely ? trice: By this day, she's a fair lady: I do spy some marks of love in her.

Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed lord.

Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, madam? Enter BEATRICE.

Hero. They did entreat me to acquaint her of it; Beat. Against my will I am sent to bid you como

But I persuaded them, if they lov'd Benedick, m to dinner.

To wish him wrestle with affection, Bene. Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains. And never to let Beatrice know of it.

Beat. I took no more pains for those thanks than Urs. Why did you so ? Doth not the gentleman you take pains to thank me; if it had been painful, Deserve as full,' as fortunate a bed, I would not have come.

As ever Beatrice shall couch upon ? Bene. You take pleasure then in the message ?

Hero. O God of love! I know, he doth deserve Beat, Yea, just so much as you may take upon As much as may be yielded to a man: a knife's point, and choke a daw withal :-You | But nature never fram'd a woman's heart have no stomach, signior ; fare you well. [Exit.

Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice : Bene. Ha! Against my will I am sent to bid you Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes, come to dinner--there's a double meaning in that. Misprising what they look on; and her wit I took no more pains for those thanks than you took Values itself so highly, that to her pains to thank me-that's as inuch as to say, Any All matter else scens weak: she cannot love, pains that I take for you is as easy as thanks :-If Nor take no shape nor project of affection, I do not take pity of her, I am a villain; if I do not She is so self-endear’d. love her, I am a Jew: I will go get her picture.

Though Mr. Reed has shown that purpose was some. [Erit.

Limes used in the same sense.

5 A hawk not manned, or trained to obedience; a I Seriously carried on.

wild hawk. Hagard, Fr. Larham, in his Book of 2 Steevens and Malone assert that this is a metaphor Falconry, says: Such is the greatness of her spiril, from archery, saying that the full bent is the utmost ex. she will not admi! of any society unul such a time as tremity of exertion. Surely there is no ground for the nature worketh,' &c. So, in The Tragical History of assertion! It was one of the most common forms of Didaco and Violenta, 1576 : expression in the language for inclination, lendency; * Perchance she's not of haggard's kind, and was used where it is impossible there could have Nor heart so hard to bend,' &c. been any allusion to the bending of a bow, as in these 6 Wish him, that is, recommend or desire him. So, phrases, from & writer of Elizabeth's age : The day in The Honest Whore, 1604: inclining or bending to the evening.- Bending to a "Go wish the surgeon to have great respect,' &c. yellow colour.'

7 S., in Othello : 3 Proposing is conversing, from the French Propos, What a full fortune does the thick lips owe! discourse, talk.

Wha Ursula means to say is, that he is as deserving The folio reads purpose. The quarto propose, of complete happiness as Beatrice herself.' waich appears to be right. See the preceding note. 8 Undervaluing.


Urs. Sure, I think so ;

Stand I condemnd for pride and scorn so much ? And therefore, certainly, it were not good

Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu ! She knew his love, lesi she make sport at it. No glory lives behind the back of such. Hero. Why, you speak truth : I never yet saw And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee; man,

Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand;10 How wise, how noble, young, how rarely featur'd, If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee But she would spell hin backward :' if fair-faced, To bind our loves up in a holy band : She'd swear the gentleman should be her sister; For others say, thou dost deserve ; and I If black, why, nature, drawing of an antic, Believe it better than reportingly, [Exit. Made a foul blot :2 if tall, a lance ill-headed ; If low, an agate very vilely cut :'

SCENE II. A Room in Leonato's House. Enter If speaking, why a vane blown with all winds : Don PEDRO, Claudio, BENEDICK, and LEIf silent, why a block moved with none. So turns she every man the wrong side out;

D. Pedro. I do but stay till your marriage be conAnd never gives io truth and virtue that Which simpleness and merit purchaseth.

summate, and then I go toward Arragon.

Claud. I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable.

vouchsafe me. Hero. No: nor to be so odd, and from all fashions, As Beatrice is, cannot be commendable:

D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil in But who dare tell her so? If I should speak,

the new gloss of your marriage, as to show a child She'd mock me into air; 0, she would laugh me

his new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I will only

be bold with Benedick for his company : for, from Out of myself, press me to death with wit. Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd fire,

the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he is Consume away in sighs, waste inwardly :

all mirth; he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's bowIt were a better death than die with mocks ;

string, and the little hangman' dare not shoot at

him : he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and bis Which is as bad as die with tickling. Urs. Yet tell her of it; hear what she will say.

longue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks, his Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick,

tongue speaks. 12 And counsel'him to fight against his passion :

Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been. And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders

Leon. So say I'; methinks you are sadder. To stain my cousin with : One doth not know,

Claud, I hope, he be in love. How much an ill word may empoison liking.

D. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true drop Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong.

of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with love: if ho

be sad, he wants money. She cannot be so much without true judgment,

Bene. I have the tooth-ach.13 (Having so swifte and excellent a wit,

D. Pedro. Draw it.
As she is priz'd to have,) as to refuse

Bene. Hang it!
So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick.
Hero. He is the only man of Italy,

Claud. You inust hang it first, and draw it after.

wards. Always excepted my dear Claudio.

D. Pedro. What, sigh for the tooth-ach? Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam,

Leon. Where is but a humour, or a'worm? Speaking my fancy; signior Benedick, For shape, for bearing, argument,' and valour,

Bene. Well, every one can master a grief, but he

that has it. Goes foremost in report through Italy. Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name.

Claud. Yet say I, he is in love. Urs. His excellency did carn it, ere he had it.

D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy!4 m

him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to strange disWhen are you married, madam ?

Hero. Why, every day;--1o-morrow: Come, goin: guises; as, to be a Dutchman to-day; a FrenchI'll show thee some attires; and have thy counsel,

man to-morrow; or in the shape of two countries at Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow.

once ;'s as, a German from the waist downward, all Urs. She's lim’d® I warrant you; we have caught doublet: Unless he have a fancy to this foolery, as

slops ;'& and a Spaniard from the hip upward, no her, madam. Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps :

it appears he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as you

would have it appear he is. Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, (Exeunt Hero and URSULA. BEATRICE advances.

she therefore says, that wild as her heart is, she will Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be tame it to the hand. true ?

11 Dr. Farmer has illustrated this term by citing a pas.

sage from Sidney's Arcadia, B. II, C. xiv. ; but it seems 1 Alluding to the practice of witches in uttering pray. probable that no more is meant by hangman than ese ers, i. e. misinterpret them. Several passages, contain-cutioner, slayer of hearts.

12 A coveri allusion to the old proverb: ing a similar train of thought, are cited by Mr. Steevens

As the fool thinketh from Lily's Euphues.

The bell clinketh.' 2 A black man here means a man with a dark or thick beard, which is the blot in nature's drawing.

13 So, in The False One, by Beaumont and Fletcher: 3 An agale is often used metaphorically for a very

O this sounds mangily, diminutive person, in allusion to the figures cut in agate Poorly and scurvily in a soldier's mouh; for rings, &c. Queen Mab is described, “In shape no

You had best be troubled with the toothach too, bigger than an agate stone on the forefinger of an alder

For lovers ever are.? man.. See note on K. Henry IV. Part 2.

14 A play upon the word fancy, which Shakspeare 4 The allusion is to an ancient punishment inflicted on uses for love, as well as for humour, caprice, or af to those who refused to plead to an indictment. If they lation. continued silent, they were pressed to death by heavy 15 So, in The Seven deadly Sinnes of London, by weights laid on their stomach. This species of torture Decker, 1606, 'For an Englishman's sute is like a trai is now abolished.

tor's body that hath beene hanged, drawne, and quar: 5 This word is intended to be pronounced as a trisyl. tered, and is set up in several places : his codpiece, in lable, it was sometimes written tickeling.

Dermarke; the collar of his dublet and the belly, in 6 Quick, ready.

7 Conversation. France; the wing and narrow sleeve, in Italy; the short Si. e. ensnared and entangled, as a sparrow with waste hangs over a botcher's stall in Utrich; his huge bird-lime.

sloppes speaks Spanish; Polonia gives him the bootes, 9 Alluding to the proverbial saying, which is as old &c.--and thus we mocke everie nation for keeping one as Pliny's time : "That when our ears do glou and fashion, yet steale patches from everie of them to piece tingle, some there be that in our absence do talke of us.'out our pride ; and are now laughing-stocks to them, bs Holland's Translation, B. xxxiii. p. 297.

cause their cut so scurvily becomes us.' 10 This image is taken from Falconry. She has been 16 Large loose breeches or trowsers. Hence a slop charged with being as wild as haggards of the rock ; seller for one who furnishes seamen, &c. with clothes

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there is no believing old signs: he brushes his hat you shall see her chamber-window entered; even o' mornings ; What should that bode ?

the night before her wedding-day: if you love her D. Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the bar- then, to-morrow wed her: but it would better fit ber's ?

your honour to change your mind.
Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been seen Claud. May this be so ?
with him ; and the old ornament of his cheek hath D. Pedro. I will not think it.
already stuffed tennis-balls.

D. John. If you dare not trust that you see, con
Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by fess not that you know: if you will follow me,

I will the loss of a beard.

show you enough ; and when you have seen more, D. Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet: Can and heard more, proceed accordingly. you smell him out by that ?

Claud. If I see any thing to-night why I should Claud. That's as much as to say, The sweet youth's not marry her to-morrow; in the congregation, where in leve.

I should wed, there will I shame her.
1. Pedro. The greatest note of it is his melan D. Pedro. And as I wooed for thee to obtain her,

I will join with thee to disgrace her.
Claud. And when was he wont to wash his face? D. John. I will disparage her no farther, till you
D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the which, are my witnesses : bear it coldly but till midnight,
I hear what they say of him.

and let the issue show itself.
Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now D. Pedro. O day untowardly turned!
crept into a lutestring' and now governed by stops. Claud. O mischief strangely thwarting!

D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him : D. John. O plague right well prevented!
Conclude, conclude, he is in love.

So will you say, when you have seen the sequel.
Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him.

(Exeunt. D. Pedro. That would I know loo; I warrant, one that knows him not.

SCENE III. A Street, Enter DOGBERRY and Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in despite

VERGES, 3 with the Watch. of all, dies for him.

Dogb. Are you good men and true ? D. Pedro, She shall be buried with her face up Verg. Yea, or else it were pity but they should wards.

suffer salvation, body and soul.
Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth-ach. Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good for
Old signior, walk aside with me: I have studied them, if they should have any allegiance in them,
eight or nine wise words to speak to you, which being chosen for the prince's watch.
these hobby-horses must not hear.

Verg. Well, give them their charge,* neighbour
(Exeunt BENEDICK and LEONATO. Dogberry.
D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him about Dogb. First, who think you the most desartless

man to be constable ?
Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have 1 Watch, Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Seacoal ;
by this played their parts with Beatrice; and then for they can write and read.
the two bears will not bite one another when they Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal. God hath

blessed you with a good name: to be a well favourEnter Don John.

ed man is the gift of fortune ; but to write and read D. John. My lord and brother, God save you. comes by nature. D. Pedro. Good den, brother.

2 Watch. Both which, master constable, D. John. If your leisure served, I would speak Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your an

swer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God D. Pedro. In private ?

thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your writD. John. If it please you :-yet Count Claudio ing and reading, let that appear when there is no may hear; for what I would speak of concerns him. need of such vanity. You are thought here to be D. Pedro. What's the matter?

the most senseless and fit man for the constable of D. John. Means your lordship to be married to the watch; therefore bear you the lantern : This is morrow?

(T. CLAUDIO. your charge: You shall comprehend all vagrom D. Pedro. You know, he does.

men: you are to bid any man stand, in the prince's D. John. I know not that, when he knows what name. I know,

2 Watch. How if he will not stand ? Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you, Dogb. Why then, take no note of him, but let him discover it.

yo; and presently call the rest of the watch togeD. John. You may think, I love you not; let that ther, and thank God you are rid a knave. appear hereafter, and aim better at me by that I Verg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, he now will manifest: For my brother, I think, he holds is none of the prince's subjects. you well; and in dearness of heart hath holp to Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with none effect your ensuing marriage; surely, suit ill spent, but the prince's subjects :-You shall also make no and labour ill bestowed !

noise in the streets; for, for the watch to babble and D. Pedro. Why, what's the matter?

Lalk, is most tolerable and not to be endured. D. John. I came hither to tell you; and, circum 2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk; we know stances shortened, (for she hath been too long a what belongs to a watch. talking of,) the lady is disloyal.

Dogb. Why, you speak like an ancient and most Claud. Who? Hero?

quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping D. John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, should offend; only, have a care that your bills bo every man's Hero.

not stolen :-Well, you are to call at all the aleClaud. Disloyal ?

houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to D. John. The word is too good to paint out her bed. wickedness; I could say, she were worse ; think 2 Watch. How if they will not ? you of a worse title, and I will fit her to it.

Dogb. Why then, let them alone till they are so der not till further warrant: go but with me to-night, ber; if they make you not then the better answer, I Love-songs, in Shakspeare's time, were sung to the

you may say, they are not the men you took them

for. lute. So, in Henry VI. Part 1.

As melancholy as an old lion or a lover's lute.' 2 l. e. 'in her lover's arms.' So in The Winter's 3 The first of these worthies is named from the Dog Tale :

berry or female cornel, a shrub that grows in every Flo. What? like a corse?

county in England. Verges is only the provincial proPer. No, like a bank for love to lie and play on ; nunciation of verjuice.

Noi like a corse :-or if, not to be buried, 4 To charge his fellows seems to have been a regular
But quick and in my arms.'

part of the duty of the constable.

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2 Watch. Well, sir.

Con. Yes, it is apparel. Dogb. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, Bora. I mean, the fashion. by virtue of your office, to be no true man: and, for Con. Yes, the fashion is the fashion. such kind of men, the less you meddle or make with Bora. Tusb! I may as well say, the fool's the thom, why, the more is for your honesty.

fool. "But seest thou not what a deformed thief this 2 W'alch. If we know him to be a thief, shall we fashion is ? not lay hands on him?

Watch. I know that Deformed; he has been a Dogh. Truly, by your office, you may; but I vile thief this seven year; he goes up and down like think, they that touch pitch will be detiled: the a gentleman: I remember his name. most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, Bora. Didst thou not hear somebody ? is, to let him show himself what he is, and steal out Con. No; 'twas the vane on the house. of your company.

Bora. Seest thou noi, I say, what a deformed Verg. You have been always called a merciful thief this fashion is ? how giddily he turns about all man, pariner.

the hot bloods, between fourteen and five and thirty! Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will; sometime, fashioning them like Pharaoh's soldiers much more a man, who hath any honesty in him. in the reechy* painting ; sometime, like god Bel's

Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, you priests in the old church window, sometime, like must call to the nurse, and bid her still it.'

the shaven Hercules in the smirched' worm-eaten 2 Watch. How if the nurse be asleep, and will tapestry, where his cod-piece seems as massy as not hear us?

his club? Dogb. Why then, depart in peace, and let the Con. All this I see; and see, that the fashion child wake her with crying; for the ewe that will wears out more apparel than the man: But art not not hear her lamb when it baas, will never answer a thou thyself giddy with the fashion too, that thou calf when he bleats.

hast shifted out of thy tale into telling me of the Verg. 'Tis very true.

fashion. Dogb. This is the end of the charge. You, con- Bora. Not so neither: but know, that I have tostable, are to present the prince's own person; if you night wooed Margaret, the lady Hero's gentlewomeet the prince in the night, you may stay him. man, by the name of Hero; she leans me out at her

Verg. Nay, by'r lady, that, I think, he cannot. mistress' chamber-window, bids me a thousand times

Dogb. Five shillings to one on't, with any man good night, I tell this tale vilely :-I should first that knows the statues, he may stay him: marry, tell thee, how the Prince, Claudio, and my master, not without the prince be willing; for, indeed, the planted, and placed, and possessed by my master watch ought to offend no man; and it is an offence Don John, saw afar off in the orchard this amiable to stay a man against his will.

encounter. Verg. By'r lady, I think, it be so.

Con. And thought they, Margaret was Hero ? Dogb. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night : Bora. Two of them did, the Prince and Claudio; an there be any matter of weight chances, call up but the devil my master knew she was Margaret ; me: keep your fellows' counsels and your own, and partly by his oaths, which first possessed them and good night.-Come, neighbour.

partly by the dark night, which did deceive them, 2 Watch. Well, masters, we hear our charge: let but chiefly by my villany, which did confirm any us go sit here upon the church-bench till two, and slander that Don John had made, away went Clauthen all to bed.

dio enraged; swore he would meet her as he was Dogb. One word more, honest neighbours: I pray appointed, next morning at the temple, and there, vou, watch about signior Leonato's door; for the before the whole congregation, shame her with wedding being there to-morrow, there is a great coil what he saw over-nighi, and send her home again b-night : Adieu, be vigitant, I beseech you. without a husband.

(Exeunt DOGBERRY and VERGES. 1 Watch. We charge you in the prince's name, Enter BORACHIO and CONRADE.

stand, Bora. What! Conrade,

2 Watch. Call up the right master constable: We Watch. Peace, stir not.

(Aside. have here recovered the most dangerous piece of Bora. Conrade, I say !

lechery that ever was known in the commonwealth. Con. Here, man, I am at thy elbow.

1 Watch. And one Deformed is one of them; I Bora. Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought know him, he wears a lock. there would a scab follow.

Con. Masters, masters. Con. I will owe thee an answer for that;

and now

2 Watch. You'll be made bring Deformed forth, brward with thy tale.

I warrant you. Bora. Stand thee close then under this pent-house, Con. Masters,or it drizzles rain; and I will, like a true drunkard, 1 Watch. Never speak; we charge you, let us uter all to thee.

obey you to go with us. Watch. [Aside.) Some treason, masters; yet stand Bora. We are like to prove a goodly commodity. ulose.

being taken up of these men's bills. Bora. Therefore know, I have earned of Don John Con. A commodity in question,' I warrant you. I thousand ducats.

Come, we'll obey you.

(Ereunt. Con. Is it possible that any villany should be so SCENE IV. A Room in Leonato's House. Enter fear? Bora. Thou shouldst rather ask, if it were pos

HERO, MARGARET, and Ursula. sible any villany should be so rich'; for when rich Hero. Good Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice, villains have need of poor ones, poor ones may make and desire her to rise. what price they will.

Urs. I will, lady. Con, I wonder at it.

Hero. And bid her come hither. Bora. That shows thou art unconfirmed :' Thou Urs. Well.

[Exit URSULA. knowest, that the fashion of a doublet, or a hat, or Marg. Troth, I think, your other rabatos were cloak, is nothing to a man.

better. i It is not impossible but that a part of this scene was

Hero. No, pray thee, good Meg, I'll wear this. Intended as a burlesque upon The Statutes of the 5 Soiled, sullied. Probably only another form of Streels, imprinted by Wolfe in 1595."

smutched. The word is peculiar to Shakspeare. 2 This is part of the oath of a grand juryman, and is 6 We have the same conceit in K. Henry VI. Part one of many proofs of Shakspeare's having been very ii. "My lord, when shall we go to Cheapside, and take conversant with legal proceedings and courts of justice up commodities upon our bills! at some period of his life.

7 i. e. in examination or trial. 3 Unpracticed in the ways of the world.

8 A kind of ruff. Rabat, Fr. Menage says it comes 4 i. e. discoloured by smoke, reeky From recan, from rabattre, to put back, being at first nothing but the Saxon,

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Marg. By my troth, it's not so good; and I war-), Beat. 0, God help me! God help me! how long nant, your cousin will say so.

have you profess'd apprehension? Hero. My cousin's a fool, and thou art another Marg. Ever since you left it: doth not my wit I'll wear none but this.

become me rarely? Marg. I like the new tired within excellently, if Beal. It is not seen enough, you should wear it the hair were a thought browner : and your gown's in your cap.-By my troth, I am sick. a most rare fashion, i'faith. I saw the duchess of Mag. Get you some of this distilled Carduus Milan's gown, that they praise so.

Benedictus,' and lay it to your heart; it is the only Hero. O, that exceeds, they say.

thing for a qualm. Marg. By my troth it's but a night-gown in re Hero. There thou prick'st her with a thistle. spect of yours : Cloth of gold, and cuts, and laced Beat. Benedictus ! why Benedictus ? you have with silver; set with pearls, down-sleeves, side- some moralo in this Benedictus. sleeves, and skirts round, underborne with a blueish Marg. Moral ? no, by my troth, I have no moral linsel : but for a fine, quaint, graceful, and excellent meaning; I meani, plain holy-thistle. You may ashion, yours is worth ten on't.

think, perchance, that I think you are in love: nay, Hero. God give me joy to wear it, for my heart by'r lady, I am not such a fool to think what I list; 8 exceeding heavy!

nor I list not to think what I can; nor, indeed, I Marg. 'Twill be heavier soon by the weight of a cannot think, if I would think my heart out of think

ing, that you are in love, or that you will be in love, Hero. Fye upon thee! art not ashamed ? or that you can be in love: yet Benedick was such

Marg. Of what, lady? of speaking honourably ? another, and now is he become a man: he swore he Is not marriage honourable in a beggar? Is not your would never marry; and yet now, in despite of his lord honourable without marriage? I think, you heart, he eats his meat without grudging :: and how would have me say, saving your reverence,-a hus- you may be converted, I know not; but methinks, band: an bad thinking do not wrest true speaking, you look with your eyes as other women do. I'll offend nobody: Is there any harm in the heavier Beal. What pace is this that thy tongue keeps ? for a husband ? None, I think, an it be the right hus Marg. Not a false gallop. band, and the right wife; otherwise 'tis light, and


Re-enter URSULA. not heavy: Ask my lady Beatrice else, here she

Uts. Madam, withdraw ; the prince, the count,

signior Benedick, Don John, and all the gallants of Enter BEATRICE.

the town, are come to fetch you to church. Hero. Good morrow, coz.

Hero. Help to dress me, good coz, good Meg, Beat. Good morrow, sweet Hero.

good Ursula

[Ereunt. Hero. Why, how now! do you speak in die will tune ?

SCENE V. Another Room in Leonato's House. Beat. I am out of all other tune, methinks.

Enter LEONATO, with DogBERRY and VERGES. Marg, Clap us into-Light o' love; that gous

Leon. What would you with me, honest neighwithout burden; do you sing is, and I'll dance it.

bour? Beat. Yea, Light o' love, with your heels ? - Dogb. Marry, sir, I would have some confidence then if your husband have stables enough, you'll with you, that decerns you nearly. see he shall lack no barns.*

Leon. Brief, I pray you; for you see, 'tis a busy
Marg. O illegitimate construction! I scorn that time with me.
with my heels.

Dogb. Marry, this it is, sir.
Beat. 'Tis almost five o'clock, cousin ; 'tis time Verg. Yes, in truth it is, sir.
you were ready. By my troth I am exceeding ill Leon. What is it, my good friends?
hey ho!

Dogb. Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off
Marg. For a hawk, a horse, or a husband ? the matter: an old man, sir, and his wits are not so
Beat. For the letter that begins them all, H.5 blunt, as, God help, I would desire they were ; but

Marg. Well, an you be not turned Turk, there's in faith, honest as the skin between his brows. no more sailing by the star.

Verg. Yes, I thank God, I am as honest as any Bent. What means the fool, trow ?6

man living, that is an old man and no honester Marg. Nothing I ; but God send every one their than I. heart's desire!

Dogh. Comparisons are odorous: palabras, ?"
Hero. These gloves the count sent me, they are neighbour Verges.
an excellent perfume.

Leon. Neighbours, you are tedious.
Beat. I am stuffed, cousin, I cannot smell. Dogb. It pleases your worship to say so, but wo
Murg. A maid, and stuffed! there's goodly catch- are the poor, duke's officers; but, truly, for mine

own part, if I were as tedious as a king, I could

find in my heart to bestow it all of your worship 1 Head-dress.

Leon. All thy tediousness on me! ha! 2 i. e. long sleeves. Side or syde in North Britain is used for long when applied to the garment. It has the 7. Carduus Benedictus, or blessed thistle (says Co. same signification in Anglo-Saxon and Danish.

gan in his llaven of Health, 1505), so worthily named 3 The name of a popular old dance tune, mentioned for the singular virtues that it hach. _ This herbe may again in the Two Gentlemen of Verona, and in several worthily be called Benedictus, or Omnimorbiu, that it of our old dramas. The notes are given in the Vario. i4 a salve for every sore, not known to physitians of old ruin Shakspeare.

time, but lately revealed by the speciall providence of 4 A quibble between barns repositories for corn, and Almighty God.' bairns children, formerly pronounced barns. So, in 8. You have some moral in this Benedictus,' i. e. The Winter's Tale :

some hidden meaning, like the moral of a fable. Thus “Mercy on us, a barn! a very pretty barn! in the Rape of Lucrece: 5 That is for an ach or pain, pronounced ailch. See Nor could she moralize his wanton sight. note on Tempest, Act i. Sc. 2. Heywood has an epigram And in the Taming of the Shrew, “to expound the mean. which best elucidates this:

ing or moral of his signs and tokens.' 'H is worst among leuters in the cross-row,

• i. e. ' feeds on love, and likes his food.' For if thou find him either in thine elbow,

0 i. e. words, in Spanish. It seems to have been curIn thine arm or leg, in any degree;

rent here for a time, even among the vulgar; it was In thine head, or teeth, or toe, or knee ;

probably introduced by our sailors, as well as the cor: Into what place soever H may pike him,

rupted form pala'ver. We have it again in the mouth Wherever thou find him ache thou shalt not like him.' of Sly the Tinker, Therefore paucus pallabris : jet

6 so in The Merry Wives of Windsor :- Who's the world slide, Sessa."
there, trow » This obsolete exclamation of inquiry is 11. This stroke of pleasantry, arising from the trans-
a contraction of trou ye? think you believe you? position of the epithet

poor, has already occurred in Steevens was mistaken in saying, that To trou is to Measure for Measure.

Elbow says; If it please you. magine, to conceive.

horour, I am the poor duke's constable !


ng of cold.

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